24 fps INTEROP is the standard. Don't make a 25 fps or SMPTE DCP. That's going to cause you a lot of headaches.
If you are distributing at an indie level don't ever let anyone convince you to make a DCP that is not a 24 fps INTEROP DCP.
I would say you should shoot at 23.98 fps. In my opinion it's the most universal to today's standard delivery specs.
Side note, make sure you deliver you DCPs on an EXT2/3 drive unless a theater specifies they have an NTFS server. Too many people don't do that, and it causes a lot of issues.
That's quite the budget. With that amount of money you have a bunch of available options.
Honestly I would get a tripod and a monopod for that amount of money.
I would be looking at this:
Yeah, that's very okay. Instead of recreating it shot by shot though, you should do a reinterpretation. I think it will be more satisfying to make something that has your style built into it.
Aye, It was a dumb joke. Like I said before it was a good program and I enjoyed the short time I was there. School doesn't suck, I just suck at it. It's not made for everyone. If I was still stuck doing PA work and such, yeah I would go back to school. That's not the case though. I have a great job at a great film company. Don't minimize my shit because you have a hard time leaving film school.
You just go around and apply for internships and PA gigs. That's where you can get the experience. How I got my job now and how I use to get gigs when I freelanced was through filmandtvpro.com. There's also a lot of decent internships there too.
I went through a similar situation after high school. I initially wanted to go to Colombia or NYU because they were good schools and in NYC. Eventually I found out about Brooklyn College. I went there for two and a half years for cheap and enjoyed the program a good amount. I never finished my degree because I was doing a lot of PAing and interning which led to a job. Those two things I found more valuable than school, but school did push me to work on my own stuff which I've been grateful for.
Here's the point I am trying to make.
School is good for social reasons especially if she has never been to the city. It's a good way to create or find a small filmmaking community.
Professionally speaking though, PAing and internships is where it's at and school sucks.